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Jabez McClelland

Jabez McClelland is the Group Leader of the CNST Electron Physics Group. He received a B.A. in Physics and Music from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. During his graduate studies he spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin. Jabez came to NIST as a postdoctoral research associate in the Electron Physics Group, where he subsequently served as a research physicist, and most recently as the Group Leader. Jabez's research at NIST has covered a number of topics ranging from spin-polarized low-energy electron scattering from laser excited atoms, to laser focused atomic deposition, metastable-atom lithography, and deterministic single-atom sources. He has over 104 publications, including several in high-profile journals such as Science and Physical Review Letters. He is a frequent invited speaker at international meetings, and is considered one of the world experts on atom optics. Jabez holds eight patents, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, has received the Sigma Xi Award for Excellence in Science, and has been awarded both Silver and Gold Medals from the Department of Commerce. He currently leads projects on focused ion beam sources based on laser-cooled atoms and laser cooling of novel atomic species.

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Group Leader
Electron Physics Group


B.A. Music - Wesleyan University

B.A. Physics - Wesleyan University

M.A. Physics - University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. Physics - University of Texas at Austin


Phone: 301-975-3721